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Peo­ple-led de­sign for Christchurch short­listed in ‘Breathe’ ur­ban vil­lage com­pe­ti­tion

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The Jas­max & Viva! Project ‘Liv­ing Vil­lage’ de­sign en­try has been short­listed in the Christchurch ‘Breathe’ com­pe­ti­tion.

Stage one of the com­pe­ti­tion saw de­sign­ers around the world in­vited to en­ter a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion aimed at re­ju­ve­nat­ing a neigh­bour­hood in the heart of Christchurch City.

The ‘Liv­ing Vil­lage’ team com­prises the Viva! Project, a 300-strong col­lec­tive of Christchurch ci­ti­zens passionate about cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able re­build for Christchurch, and award-win­ning Auck­land ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice, Jas­max.

Jas­max prin­ci­pal and de­sign team leader Greg Boy­den com­mented, “The col­lab­o­ra­tive vi­sion for the ‘Liv­ing Vil­lage’ com­mu­nity is to cre­ate an in­no­va­tive vil­lage model, based on so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal, cul­tural and fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity.

The judg­ing panel, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional judge Kevin McCloud com­mended the de­sign stat­ing: “The vil­lage uses nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and na­tive plants to har­ness rain­wa­ter and cap­ture en­ergy from the sun to de­liver an ex­em­plar of ‘one-planet’ liv­ing. The de­sign de­liv­ers a strong sense of place and com­mu­nity cre­ated through its di­verse hous­ing and shared ameni­ties sur­rounded by an invit­ing garden city set­ting.

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